Following a hospitalization, it’s not unusual for an older patient to require skilled nursing help. Many people prefer to receive that help at home, rather than go to a rehab center or skilled nursing facility. In theory, if a physician says this assistance is medically necessary, Medicare is supposed to pay for it, whether it’s skilled nursing care, personal assistance related to your underlying medical issues, or some sort of rehabilitation therapy. However, reports from the ground indicate that for many patients, it’s an uphill battle finding a home care agency that will accept patients with Medicare reimbursement, and the question is why. Apparently, many of these agencies have determined that they lose money caring for such patients, especially if the patient is not likely to continue to improve and recover. Find out more about barriers to access for Medicare-reimbursed home care by Clicking Here. And if you have personal experience with this problem, or are in need of advice and assistance, contact the Center For Medicare Advocacy by Clicking Here.